NFC wild-card preview: Can Falcons stop Todd Gurley, Rams?

Falcons face Rams in NFC Wild Card game

Kupp led the Rams in both categories, and he's probably the team's second-best bet to score a touchdown once they cross the 20-yard line. Atlanta, who gained traction offensively before LA, got the first points of the game on a field goal and never looked back. He's averaged 52.5 receiving yards per game this season with six touchdowns through the air.

The Falcons defense ranks eighth in points allowed at 19.7 points per game, meaning the Rams' high-scoring attack could be faced with a challenge.

Jared Goff made a few fantastic throws, but he was wildly inconsistent.

If you were told last August the Saints would be NFC South champions after an 11-5 season, your money would've been on Drew Brees dropping another 5,000 yards to go along with at least 35 touchdowns. January 7, 1979, was the last time the Rams held a postseason game in L.A. They moved their home games to Anaheim Stadium the following season, and the franchise moved to St. Louis in 1995.

Goff finished 24 of 45 for 259 yards.

The young Rams served notice of their enormous potential with a 42-7 shellacking of the Seahawks - who had won the NFC West three of the previous four years - in Seattle two weeks ago. But things shifted for the Falcons in the third quarter, when they finally got a consistent ground game going.

The Rams eventually settled down, but the early deficit was too large to overcome. Leading the charge was Aaron Donald.

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While McVay transformed the offense, Phillips got the most out of a team that allowed 20.6 points per game this season, down from 24.6 a year ago.

Atlanta would end up playing in Philadelphia in the NFC Championship game, where they would lose to the much more experienced Eagles team the next week.

On paper, Philadelphia may seem like they would have an advantage facing an Atlanta team as the No. 6 seed, but also keep in mind this is a team on a mission looking to redeem themselves after suffering the worst Super Bowl collapse in National Football League history last February when they blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots. "It can make such a difference in the game, more options for the offense".

Their reward is a trip to face the hottest young team in football in the Los Angeles Rams. Jones, who was targeted 10 times, caught nine of Ryan's passes for 94 yards and the aforementioned game-sealing touchdown.

Former Buffalo Bills receivers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins have found a home in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles can not afford to let Julio Jones get hot early in this game, otherwise all they'll be doing is playing catch up and hoping for a stop to try and get back in control of things.

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